i personally think making a movie about black metal is like making a rubber duck about architecture. it doesn't work. especially with these Norwegian goofballs from 20 years ago, most of them are either clueless from alcohol/drug dementia or so high on themselves that they couldn't clearly communicate their motivations for making the music they made a generation ago. i've seen fenriz on camera before, he's like Beavis and Butthead after 30 years of daily weed smoking, quite disheartening.
I like these words very much. I've tried to figure out for some time now what separated the hypnotic, life-engulfing aspects of the old Norwegian bands and I think this is a stepping stone into a personal theory of mine. Albeit this has probably been said a thousand times before, and will be said a thousand times to come. Black Sabbath was ruined the first time (and for me the only time), by booze and broads, and they even admit this. Things like drugs, women, sex, friends, popularity and such in my opinion all lead towards this communal lifestyle that sedates and dulls and the creative mind. Maybe it's because the satisfaction with life replaces the drive to concentrate happiness into productivity. When that's relocated into these disposable civil meetings and indulgences, the artist is gone and specifically the Norwegian Black Metal collective cannot rely on it's infamy alone. A retard can tell the difference between the passionate and magical days of Darkthrone and their newer, routine album-a-year Darkthrone.
Maybe it was because they were younger, poorer and actually focused enough to allow the tasteful mind to work properly. Then again sometimes I wonder about that last statement because they were literally creating tastefulness in regards to Black Metal. I think though that the biggest difference is that people respected that in completely humorless way back then, opposed to the frugality applied to ideology and aesthetics that we see nowadays. A practical example of this is when a hipster says, "Who are you to say what Black Metal is or isn't?"
I see a definition of "true" Black Metal as something that engages me in the following ways:
1) Musically (Hendrik Mobus said it best with the "Impress first, then influence)
2) Ideologically (when artwork can help evolve, reinforce or even change my way of thinking to any degree I can appreciate it's role in my life and value its presence to continually surround myself with its value)
3) Aesthetically (this is the stage in which I feel the artist and the fan truly communicate with each other across physical boarders, and as gay as it sounds, something like In The Nightside Eclipse or Vikingligr Veldi can never... EVER be compared to those bands' newer Black Metal releases in terms of value and ability to be transformative in regards to the human psyche.
These guys have already proved to me that Black Metal "artists" become sterile and fruitless when they engage in all of these mind-baking activities.